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Wahl, Rachel – Theory and Research in Education, 2019
How can universities cultivate students' capacity to learn across political divides? While many universities affirm the importance of open exchange between people who hold different views, it is unclear whether, what, and how students learn through such conversations. This article draws on observations of a deliberative dialogue between college…
Descriptors: Political Attitudes, Learning Processes, Universities, Dialogs (Language)
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Vincent, Carol – Theory and Research in Education, 2018
Drawing on empirical data, this article makes a contribution to knowledge through bringing together the apparently disparate elements of contemporary education policy, religion, civic virtue and values teaching, in particular, the teaching of 'fundamental British values'. I illustrate, through a discussion of the linkages between these elements,…
Descriptors: Religion, Religious Factors, Values, Citizenship Education
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Robinson, Andrew M. – Theory and Research in Education, 2017
Liberal-democratic states' commitments to equality and personal autonomy have always proven problematic with respect to state regulation of relations between parents and children. In the parental authority literature, positions have varied from invoking children's interests to argue for limitations on parental efforts to instil identities and…
Descriptors: Political Attitudes, Parent Child Relationship, Self Concept, Interdisciplinary Approach
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Clayton, Matthew; Halliday, Daniel – Theory and Research in Education, 2017
This article develops a perspective on big data in education, drawing on a broadly liberal conception of education's primary purpose. We focus especially on the rise of so-called learning analytics and the associated rise of digitization, which we evaluate according to the liberal view that education should seek to cultivate individuality and…
Descriptors: Data Analysis, Data Collection, Educational Research, Civics
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Sachs, Benjamin – Theory and Research in Education, 2016
Fair equality of opportunity, a principle that governs the competition for desirable jobs, can seem irrelevant in our actual world, for two reasons. First, parents have broad liberty to raise their children as they see fit, which seems to undermine the fair equality of opportunity-based commitment to eliminating the effects of social circumstances…
Descriptors: Equal Opportunities (Jobs), Competition, Job Skills, Child Rearing
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Darby, Derrick; Saatcioglu, Argun – Theory and Research in Education, 2015
Both neoliberals and liberals call for mitigating inequality of educational opportunity stemming from circumstances beyond an individual's control. In this article, we challenge the wisdom of making equality of opportunity hinge on emphasizing the distinction rather than the relationship between choices and circumstances. We utilize an empirical…
Descriptors: Equal Education, Racial Bias, Racial Factors, School Choice
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Expósito, Leonel Pérez – Theory and Research in Education, 2014
A significant body of literature on citizenship education and youth participation has progressively replaced political participation with other categories such as citizenship participation, community involvement or civic engagement. The demotion of political participation is also characteristic of different programmes of citizenship education…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Citizenship Education, Community Involvement, Political Attitudes
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Ferkany, Matt; Whyte, Kyle Powys – Theory and Research in Education, 2013
Recently scholars have wondered whether liberals can promote mandatory programs of formal environmental education, including education for the environment or sustainable development. Critics maintain that they cannot on grounds that environmental education is a threat to student autonomy or cannot be justified using liberal principles. We argue…
Descriptors: Political Attitudes, Scholarship, Environmental Education, Personal Autonomy
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Morton, Jennifer M. – Theory and Research in Education, 2011
Political liberalism, conceived of as a response to the diversity of conceptions of the good in multicultural societies, aims to put forward a proposal for how to organize political institutions that is acceptable to a wide range of citizens. It does so by remaining neutral between reasonable conceptions of the good while giving all citizens a…
Descriptors: Political Attitudes, Higher Education, Educational Opportunities, Employment Opportunities
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Fowler, Tim – Theory and Research in Education, 2011
Education has become one of the foremost arenas in which political liberals attempt to differentiate their account from that of comprehensive liberals. Rawls posits that the requirements of his theory, as laid out in "Political Liberalism," will be far less stringent than those of liberals such as Kant, Mill or Joseph Raz. However, a number of…
Descriptors: Political Attitudes, Politics of Education, Social Theories, Educational Policy
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Marsh, Charles – Theory and Research in Education, 2010
Five years ago in "Theory and Research in Education", James R. Muir fired a new salvo in the debate regarding the merits of Isocrates' educational program, a controversy that has endured for more than two millennia. Was the Isocratean program misguided and lowbrow, as in the estimations of Plato and Aristotle--or was it the most successful program…
Descriptors: Liberal Arts, Philosophy, Literature, Outcomes of Education
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Warnick, Bryan R. – Theory and Research in Education, 2009
Harry Brighouse has advanced an intriguing set of arguments about the place of human flourishing in liberal educational theory. In his book "On Education", Brighouse argues that autonomy can be justified instrumentally because it promotes flourishing. He links flourishing to the psychological concept of "subjective wellbeing" and he spells out the…
Descriptors: Economic Progress, Social Science Research, Ethics, Educational Policy
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Gaither, Milton – Theory and Research in Education, 2009
This article first examines why the homeschooling movement in the USA emerged in the 1970s, noting the impact of political radicalism both right and left, feminism, suburbanization, and public school bureaucratization and secularization. It then describes how the movement, constituted of left- and right-wing elements, collaborated in the early…
Descriptors: Protestants, Home Schooling, Educational Change, Educational Objectives
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Cuypers, Stefaan E.; Haji, Ishtiyaque – Theory and Research in Education, 2008
Liberals champion the view that promoting autonomy--seeing to it that our children develop into individuals who are self-governing in the conduct of their lives--is a vital aim of education, though one generally accredited as being subsidiary to well-being. Our prime goal in this article is to provide a partial validation of this liberal ideal…
Descriptors: Freedom, Educational Philosophy, Ethical Instruction, Well Being
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Lecce, Steven – Theory and Research in Education, 2008
According to one recently influential version of liberalism, law and public policy in a democracy should be justified independently of the controversial ethical or religious beliefs that divide citizens, because political membership is coercive, involuntary and profoundly influential to our overall well-being. For children, however, the…
Descriptors: Political Attitudes, Democracy, Parent Child Relationship, Ethics
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